|Peter Mitrevski Jr and Martin Murray contest the vacant Commonwealth middleweight title|
“I’m going to give him the respect he deserves but at the same time I’m going to make him realise he is in there with a future world champion.” Martin Murray.
Martin Murray’s will contest the vacant Commonwealth middleweight title against Australian Peter Mitrevski Jr at the Bolton arena on Friday night.
Murray, the undefeated St Helens boxer and Prizefighter winner, will challenge for the title having had to wait patiently for his chance following various set backs along the way including last time out when he was suppose to fight Tanzanian Francis Cheka for the title.
Murray winning The Prizefighter middleweights trophy
The 27-year-old from was left “gutted” after the plug was pulled on the fight at the last minute when Cheka was unable to get a visa for entry into the UK.
Murray went on to fight Lee Noble, stopping him in three rounds with good body shots in a non title fight and was promised by Ricky Hatton that his next outing would definitely be for the Commonwealth, Hatton as been true to his word and now Murray must deliver in this tricky test against the very capable Aussie.
“I’m looking forward to the fight, I’ve been training for three years solid now and this is what it all comes down to now on Friday,” said Murray.
“To be honest I’ve not seen much of him, but I’ve been told hes a good fighter and he can box a bit as well so I’m looking forward to a good fight. I’m going to give him the respect he deserves but at the same time I’m going to make him realise he is in there with a future world champion, added Murray.
Mitrevski Jr, is currently ranked fifth in the middleweight division in Australia and having won a handful of domestic and minor titles including the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title, IBF Pan Pacific Super Middleweight title, OPBF Super Middleweight title and the Oceanic Boxing Association Middleweight title. Mitrevski has won 22 of his 29 pro fights, including 10 wins by KO.
From boxing stock Mitrevski Jr. is the son of three-division Australian champion Peter Mitrevski Snr, and has been a regular long term sparring partner for Anthony Mundine (a former World Champion).
Mitrevski is a good boxer and a much bigger hitter than his record suggests and with regular sparring against World Class opponents he will be bringing a lot of experience into the ring.
“My training has been going exceptionally well. I’ve had plenty of sparring with Anthony MundineJnr so I am well prepared. I have no problems going to England and I just wish the football season was on because I want to see a Premier League game live.
“If I win this and impress I am sure Hatton Promotions will want me back again and I can persuade Ricky Hatton to take me to a Manchester City match although I doubt he’ll be my friend if I beat his fighter.”
“I have watched lots of Murray’s fights and he is a very skillful fighter with a good jab and he goes well to the body. However, he is untested and has never been more than eight rounds. I am going to take him into deep water and see whether he sinks or swims.”
Murray insists that should he lift the Commonwealth middleweight title this weekend he’ll have one person above all else to thank for it, coach Oliver Harrison.
|Murray with trainer and friend Harrison|
Harrison has been Murray’s trainer since he turned pro. Having met with a few different trainers he knew instantly when he met Oliver that he was the one.
The Salford based Harrison is a well respected trainer, and dedicates a lot of time to Murray, and he believes that Oliver is going to take him to the places he wants to be.
If Murray defeats his Australian challenger he will join the likes of Amir Khan and Jamie Moore as professional champions to emerge from Harrison’s gym.
Murray, said: “I love Oliver. We are close and the relationship we have built over the years is getting better. We are friends, but when I come in the gym he is the boss.
“It has been like learning a new game from the amateurs and Oliver has taught me a lot.
“His gym has had some great boxers like Jamie Moore and I am adapting similar style to Jamie thanks to Oliver.”
Video profile of Martin Murray
The last time Harrison took a boxer to the Bolton Arena it was Jamie Moore to fight Matthew Macklin, which turned out to be one of the most exciting fights seen in a British ring. If Friday nights fight lives up to half of that titanic battle we are in for a treat.
The fight is on the undercard of the Matthew Hatton vs Nuzhnenko European welterweight title fight and will be on Sky Sports HD1 this Friday at 10pm.
For tickets, call the hotline on 0161 775 7500
£30.00 General admission
£50.00 Reserved seating
£95.00 VIP Ringside